I am a firm believer that Christians should engage with the early church fathers. However, both the size of their writings and the language can be be a barrier to many. And while the purists will probably not like Michael Glerup’s paraphrase, I think this is a great idea.
Whether we like it or not we are living in a culture whereby language, reading habits, reading levels have changed. That does not mean we should not attempt to raise those standards, but giving people access to the essence of Gregory of Nyssa’s teaching, when in all probability they would never seek it out or have the patience to wrestle through it, is in my opinion a very good thing.
Glerup’s paraphrase is easy to read and easy to understand. He does a very good job of taking the essence of these sermons on the Beatitudes and transporting them into the 21st century. And the sermons themselves are just wonderful.
This book is so accessible that you could give this to a senior high Youth Group as a discussion book and have an amazing time talking through the meaning and application of the Beatitudes.